stretching the definition of "libertarian" a little more each day
Friday, 25 May 2018

The NFL's new anthem policy was not as unanimous as the league wants people to believe

quote [ When the NFL first announced its controversial new anthem policy, commissioner Roger Goodell claimed in a press conference that it was "unanimously adopted" by the NFL team owners.

However, ESPN reported that the league never took a formal vote on the new policy, and that, "Not taking an official tally is atypical for a major resolution." ]

This is mildly entertaining, as this has been making the rounds as a "unanimous vote by the owners" and it turns out that the NFL is in the midst of some serious backtracking and pulling of their collective feet out of their mouths.
[SFW] [business] [+2 WTF]
[by knumbknutz@3:43pmGMT] [22 comments]

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Senate votes to reverse FCC order and restore net neutrality

quote [ Senate Joint Resolution 52 officially disapproves the rule under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to undo recently created rules by federal agencies. It will have to pass in the House as well and then be signed by the president for the old rules to be restored (that or a two-thirds majority, which is equally unlikely). ]

Not holding my breath that this is anything but midterm posturing, but - at least step one got accomplished.
[SFW] [business] [+6 Good]
[by knumbknutz@4:21pmGMT] [5 comments]

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content

quote [ Facebook pulled or slapped warnings on nearly 30 million posts containing sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant said Tuesday.

In an unprecedented report responding to calls for transparency after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Facebook detailed its actions against such content in line with its "community standards".

Facebook said improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017. ]

Robots are taking over board moderation...
[SFW] [business] [+4 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@12:51amGMT] [5 comments]

Friday, 11 May 2018

How do you move mountains of unwanted weed?

quote [ Oregon farmers have grown three times what their customers can smoke in a year, causing bud prices to plummet and panic to set in ]

If only there was something I could take to stop panicking
[SFW] [business] [+5 Interesting]
[by satanspenis666@6:04pmGMT] [15 comments]

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Inside The Ecosystem That Fuels Amazon?s Fake Review Problem

quote [ A vast web of Amazon review fraud lives online, and it's designed to evade the company?s efforts to thwart it. ]

[SFW] [business] [+6 Informative]
[by arrowhen@5:00pmGMT] [12 comments]

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Arizona teachers end walkout after governor signs off on 20 percent raise

quote [ The Arizona governor signed a plan Thursday to give striking teachers a 20 percent pay raise, ending their six-day walkout after a dramatic all-night legislative session and sending a majority of the state's 1 million public school students back to the classroom.

Gov. Doug Ducey's signature awarded teachers a 9 percent raise in the fall and 5 percent in each of the next two years. The 20 percent also includes a 1 percent raise granted last year. ]

A win for Arizona teachers
[SFW] [business] [+9 Good]
[by knumbknutz@8:04pmGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Fake it till you make it: meet the wolves of Instagram

quote [ Their hero is Jordan Belfort, their social media feeds display super-rich lifestyles. But what are these self-styled traders really selling? ]

[SFW] [business] [+3 Interesting]
[by arrowhen@4:53pmGMT] [2 comments]

The Absurd Reason Why Tesla?s Model 3 Assembly Line Kept Getting Delayed

quote [ CEO Elon Musk said the company had identified an unlikely culprit in those delays: a ?flufferbot.?

As Tesla scrambles to deliver on some 450,000 orders for the Model 3, its first mass-market vehicle, Musk has described the company?s predicament as ?production hell.? Part of the problem has been an over-reliance on automation, which Musk recently acknowledged, adding in an April 13 tweet: ?Humans are underrated.? ]

I, for one, welcome our robotic fluffers.

If you thought you could build a flufferbot, why build cars?
[SFW] [business] [+3]
[by HoZay@8:53amGMT] [14 comments]

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Gibson Files for Bankruptcy in Deal to Renew Guitar Business

quote [ The Chapter 11 filing on Tuesday in Delaware keeps Gibson in business but gives ownership to noteholders, replacing stockholders that include Chief Executive Officer Henry Juszkiewicz, the company?s leader for more than three decades. According to court filings, current noteholders include Silver Point Capital, Melody Capital Partners and funds affiliated with KKR Credit Advisors. ]

Follow up to Daves post in February I'm a Fender and Gretsh guy myself, but I do love to tune a drop-E flat on my Les Paul.

They are also dropping that disastrous Philips mistake, which was a complete black hole that they would shovel money into.
[SFW] [business] [+4 Informative]
[by knumbknutz@9:07pmGMT] [7 comments]

Monday, 30 April 2018

Amazon workers protest at Jeff Bezos prize ceremony in Berlin

quote [ Hundreds of Amazon employers protested on Tuesday against working conditions in Berlin, where the megagroup's founder Jeff Bezos was due to receive a prize.
"We have a worldwide problem, a boss who wants to impose American working conditions on the world," said Frank Bsirske, head of the Verdi union representing Amazon workers.

"It's like going back to the 19th century." ]

UK Amazon warehouse workers 'peed in bottles,' undercover author finds Treating people like robots until robots become cheaper than people.
[SFW] [business] [+5 Good]
[by raphael_the_turtle@9:19pmGMT] [1 comment]

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